Fiji Time: 2:20 AM on Wednesday 17 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Parties submit reports

Nasik Swami
Thursday, February 20, 2014

EXECUTIVES of the Social Democratic and Liberal Party (SODELPA) and the newly-formed People's Democratic Party (PDP) met the Pacific Island Forum's Ministerial Contact Group last week.

The executives submitted a comprehensive report to the group regarding issues affecting their respective parties and their views on the upcoming general election. SODELPA was represented by senior executive Dr Tupeni Baba while PDP was represented by interim president Adi Sivia Qoro.

Below are excerpts from submissions by the two political parties.

SODELPA submissions:

* The Electoral Commission should be independent and have total control of running the operations of holding elections;

* With Fiji having a lot of islands, mountainous ranges and a vast sea area, it would be difficult for government to be able to run elections smoothly;

* The Political Parties Decree was very strict on the gathering of finance for the parties and strict on the assets owned by party executives;

* Given the operations of the media, SODELPA was not given full coverage that is being given to others.

* SODELPA doubts that the Elections Office would be able to handle the logistics of the one-day elections properly;

* It is important to have independent observers such as the Commonwealth and the European Union observe the elections and be here for a few months after the elections to see the transition of the new government.

PDP submissions:

* The Electoral Commission should outline the developments made to date in terms of process and mechanisms towards national election;

* Concern at the delay of electoral regulations that spell out the rules for the election;

* The separation of powers between the Attorney-General's Office and the Electoral Commission is paramount;

* The need for voter and civic education and more focus on human rights and democracy targeting youths;

* Assistance from election observers will be necessary and required;

* Need for election security plan that is detailed and well co-ordinated.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62370.6047
JPY 56.044253.0442
GBP 0.36250.3545
EUR 0.40920.3972
NZD 0.69370.6607
AUD 0.63290.6079
USD 0.50360.4866

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 16th, January, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. ATSET: Nothing to hide
  2. Family laments untimely loss
  3. 'Death traps'
  4. Amnesty keeps watch on ATS impasse
  5. Bad start to 2018
  6. Forbes ready for 7s festival
  7. A-G: No pay decrease
  8. Businesses caught off guard
  9. Taveuni accident lands two in hospital
  10. Police visit villages after drug raid

Top Stories this Week

  1. Fitting farewell for Bill Friday (12 Jan)
  2. Love will keep us together Sunday (14 Jan)
  3. Village bylaws consultation suspended Wednesday (10 Jan)
  4. Kubuabola laid to rest Thursday (11 Jan)
  5. $100 a day Sunday (14 Jan)
  6. Blessings from above Thursday (11 Jan)
  7. Air NZ confirms incident Friday (12 Jan)
  8. Capt William calls it a day after 45 years Sunday (14 Jan)
  9. National strike if no resolution, says FTUC Sunday (14 Jan)
  10. Teachers transfer policy Monday (15 Jan)